Press Releases

June 20, 2013

Tia T. Gordon
202-756-4851 or 202-906-0149

Katie Tran-Lam
Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund


Largest Gathering to Highlight Asian and Pacific Islander American
Student Success Focuses on the "Changing Face" of America's Educational System

Washington, D.C., June 20, 2013—On June 25, hundreds of college presidents, education leaders, students, policymakers, federal government officials and corporate executives from across the nation will gather in Washington, D.C., at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center for the Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund's (APIASF) fourth annual Higher Education Summit. This year's event focuses on increasing college completion and student success among Asian and Pacific Islander American (APIA) students and strengthening the capacity for Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institutions (AANAPISIs). The event theme is "Moving Forward: Engaging the Changing Face of America," building on new research presented by the National Commission on Asian and Pacific Islander American Research in Education (CARE).

The event aims to raise awareness about the unique needs of the APIA student population and the institutions they attend through the release of new data, panel discussions, a town hall meeting, and a series of concurrent sessions submitted by leaders in higher education and the community. For the second year in a row, nearly all AANAPISI college presidents and leaders are expected to attend the event to discuss the impact of their institutions and other minority-serving institutions on advancing the national college completion goals. The day's activities will also revolve around mobilizing resources, advancing institutional capacity, and accelerating student success to help further the work of APIASF/CARE's Partnership for Equity in Education through Research (PEER) project, a three-year, $2 million effort to help realize the full degree-earning potential of the APIA student population that is supported by The Kresge Foundation, Lumina Foundation, USA Funds, and the Walmart Foundation.

"As the nation's fastest growing community of color, equitably meeting the needs of APIA students in higher education is going to become increasingly critical for not only institutions but local communities," said APIASF President & Executive Director Neil Horikoshi. "To meet the needs of America's economy, additional investments in higher education policies must be made to ensure that underrepresented and underserved APIA students are able to access college and succeed in earning a postsecondary degree. This year's summit will identify steps that community organizations, policymakers, and institutions can take to help increase student success."

Following the day's events, APIASF will be hosting a special evening reception to celebrate the organization's 10-year anniversary. Congressman Mike Honda will serve as the reception keynote speaker and APIASF will recognize its three community founding members: the Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies, OCA, and the Southeast Asia Resource Action Center.

In addition, CARE will distribute a new report titled, Partnership for Equity in Education through Research (PEER): Findings from the First Year of Research on AANAPISIs, which provides an unprecedented look into the untapped potential of AANAPISIs. This year's event also supports APIASF/CARE's recently launched (March) national public awareness effort, "We're the Changing Face of America" campaign, to help increase access and completion among APIA students. NBC and MSNBC News Anchor Richard Lui, who also serves as a campaign ambassador, will be on hand to encourage attendees to do more to support APIA student success. For more information about the campaign, visit

For more information about APIASF's 2013 Higher Education Summit, visit APIASF's website at Also, follow APIASF on Facebook ( and Twitter ( to receive live event updates.

Based in Washington, D.C., the Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF) is the nation's largest non-profit organization devoted to providing college scholarships for Asian and Pacific Islander Americans (APIA). APIASF works to create opportunities for students to access, complete, and succeed after post-secondary education; thereby developing future leaders who will excel in their career, serve as role models in their communities, and will ultimately contribute to a vibrant America. Since 2003, APIASF has distributed more than $60 million in scholarships to deserving APIA students. APIASF manages two scholarship programs: APIASF's general scholarship and the Gates Millennium Scholars/Asian Pacific Islander Americans funded by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.